Top 10 older players that could rebound

Tom Collins

2018-08-13

One of the biggest stories from last season was the ability of some older players to post rebound seasons that no one saw coming.

 

Claude Giroux was shifted to the wing and notched 102 points. Anze Kopitar notched 92. Eric Staal scored 42 goals. Dustin Brown started the season with 19 points in 20 games and finished with 61 points. That begs the question of which older player can do the same this upcoming season. Maybe not get 90-plus points, but get back to a level that makes them even more fantasy relevant.

Obviously, not everyone on this list is going to have a great rebound season. Instead, these are the players that have the best opportunity.

 

10. Bobby Ryan

Ryan’s career has declined ever since he became an Ottawa Senator. He’s never posted more than 56 points nor hit the 25-goal mark with Ottawa, and has back-to-back seasons of 25 and 33 points with some of the lowest ice time he’s seen in seven years. So why can Ryan bounce back? To start, someone on Ottawa needs to. This team’s talent level is getting decimated, and it could get even worse if Erik Karlson and Mark Stone are dealt. Ottawa has said they are going to rely on their youth more next season, but Ryan could still get lots of top power-play time.

 

9. Corey Perry

There’s no doubt that Perry’s skills are declining, but I’m not ready to believe that he doesn’t have one more 70-point season. He’s managed to stay relatively healthy throughout his career, is a fixture on the top power play, and plays mainly with Ryan Getzlaf — still an elite player — and Rickard Rakell, who could be threatening for 70 points this year.

 

8. Bryan Little

Little was healthy for only the second time in five years last season, but put up one of his worst seasons ever with 43 points. From 2010-11 to 2016-17-18, he averaged 0.71 points per game. Last year, that dropped to 0.52. He started the season playing with the young guns but for some reason couldn’t get it going. Once Paul Stastny was traded to the Peg, Little found himself further down the lineup and with less talented players. Stastny is now in Vegas, so Little should get the second-line gig to start the season again, playing with Patrik Laine and Nikolaj Ehlers.

 

7. Duncan Keith

Keith has topped 50 points just once in the last four years. He had some tough luck last year, netting only two goals. How